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Old 03-09-2021, 03:46 PM
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Today I listened to the K-07Xs and the N-05, both hooked to an external clock.
Same system - Pass Labs Int25 and Monitor Audio PL200II speakers - same interconnects.
I found the K07xs far superior than the N-05. Next week I will bring both home for deep testing.
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Old 04-15-2021, 03:18 AM
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Hi everyone,

Greetings from Lisbon, Portugal.

My system is modest and it sits on a family living room.

I have a Plinius Hautonga integrated amp, Monitor Audio Platinum PL200II speakers. The main source for 95% of my music is my Cambridge Audio Azur 851N, heavily modified streamer. The rest comes from my TT.

My plan for the upcoming months/years would be to go for an Esoteric K-03 (current version) to listen to my CD’s and use as a better DAC for the streamer.

But most of the music I listen is in fact stored in my NAS or Tidal Hifi. All my CDs are ripped in uncompressed WAV and I also have a large collection of hi-rez files.

So it maybe made more sense to go for the N-05.

Would love to read your opinions!



Thanks

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Old 04-15-2021, 06:28 AM
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Well Now what do we have here...!!!!



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Old 04-23-2021, 08:29 AM
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Looks great as all Esoteric do.
Specs look great! Reviews are still scarce.
On an update on this thread, I had the K-07Xs at my house for a week.
Sounded better, more detailed and dynamic than my modded 851N.
One funny thing I noticed was that it was like the notes had a bit more sustain in the K-07Xs. You could here the notes for longer. Maybe because it's more silent or the sound is somewhat processed. But overall, it didn't sound 7.000 euros better.
And the regular N-05 didn't sound better than my current streamer.
I will wait for the N-05XD and try it out.

Good weekend, everyone!
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Looks great as all Esoteric do.
Specs look great! Reviews are still scarce.
On an update on this thread, I had the K-07Xs at my house for a week.
Sounded better, more detailed and dynamic than my modded 851N.
One funny thing I noticed was that it was like the notes had a bit more sustain in the K-07Xs. You could here the notes for longer. Maybe because it's more silent or the sound is somewhat processed. But overall, it didn't sound 7.000 euros better.
And the regular N-05 didn't sound better than my current streamer.
I will wait for the N-05XD and try it out.

Good weekend, everyone!
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Old 04-24-2021, 06:58 AM
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Typical USB sample rate specifications are only for Windows.

Linux DSD compatibility among streamer - DAC are basically impossible to list.

Mac OS does not even have native DSD (with a few exceptions).

These are true not only for Esoteric, but for *all* DSD512 USB DAC in the market.

That's one of the reasons why I'm here, to answer questions about compatibility of Esoteric models and their network operations (same with N series and Lumin).
Forgive me for hi-jacking this thread. Would like to ask you a question if I may? Just for fun I tried to use the optical out on my Lumin U1 into the DAC of my K01x and could not get it to work. I'm sure the optical-out is on. My toss-link cables are old and not sure of their quality and if sample rates affect the transmission of data to the K01x DAC. I tried several cables to no avail.


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When diagnosing optical (toslink) issues:
- Make sure the source optical (toslink) is enabled, as it may have been turned off (it is usually possible to look into the output port and see whether there is a red light during playback)
- Make sure re-sampling options are disabled at the source, or you may do a factory reset
- The DAC needs to be changed to use the optical (toslink) input
- Try different sample rates, such as 44.1kHz, 96kHz
- Also try the coaxial connection, it is better than optical (toslink) anyway

If you are sure the source is enabled, and multiple cable have been tried with multiple sample rates (especially 44.1kHz), then it is worthwhile to find a different source to confirm whether the issue at the source end or the DAC end. Find another box that has optical toslink output, such as a Blu-ray player, computer, or even TV. If you use a TV, its output needs to be set to SPDIF, and format needs to be set to PCM instead of bitstream.
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Thanks for the suggestions! I will try setting the sample rate to native and/or 44.1 KHZ. I can confirm red light at the Lumin output and at the end of the toss-link cable.
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